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Top Books on Graphic Design for Amateurs and Professionals Alike

Searching for self-teaching books that can jumpstart your graphic design pursuit? Or are have you just crossed over the threshold of the graphic design realm and are still getting a grasp on all the different concepts and terminology that come along your way? These books are helpful in helping you get a better understanding of graphic design and what it has to offer, along with tips and guides that can help you better your knowledge and create something even better.

The Non-Designer’s Design Book by Robin Williams

The perfect, go to book for beginners and amateurs dabbling in the graphic design world. With basic tips and guidance, readers will be able to easily understand what to do and how apply each function correctly to produce the best effect. Without the vague terminology and hard to understand descriptions, anyone who picks up this book with even the slightest interest in graphic design ought to be able to comprehend what the author is saying. Packed full with illustrations, quizzes, and even practice exercises, along with the author’s humor, if graphic design did not interest you before, reading this book will.

Color Index: Over 1100 Color Combinations and RGB Formulas, for Print and Web Media by Jim Krause

The title of this book states the overall intentions of the knowledge within. A portable indexed book chock full of numerous colors combinations and formulas to help graphic designers create their individual desired designs. This book also offers inspirations for artists to experiment and explore different color arrangements that they may have never thought of or dare to attempt at. This is designed for those who are seeking to add  flair to their print or graphic media.

The Web Designer’s Idea Book: The Ultimate Guide To Themes, Trends & Styles in Web Design by Patrick Mcneil

This series actually consist of two volumes. Looking for everything graphic design related? This is it. Volume 1 is packed with over 700 websites listed for you to explore and reference to. All of them are based off of the author’s on cataloged links stated own his own personal website which also discusses all things graphics arts and design related. Both volumes are handy guides to graphic design layout, color, style, and structure and is great to look to when beginning new work or projects. Volume 2 boasts another 650 websites, and also provides further, in depth insight on the constant changes that are occurring in the graphic design world. The sites are categorized by type, element, themes, and styles, to help facilitate and narrow down your topic search. It also includes a handy chapter on the meaning and application of basic design principles.

Posted on May 6, 2011

Category: Graphics

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